updated 11/18/2004 9:12:29 PM ET 2004-11-19T02:12:29

A deathbed murder confession from a Massachusetts woman led to the discovery of her husband’s remains Thursday inside a freezer at a storage facility, where his body has been for at least six years, authorities said.

Moments before she died, the woman told one of her children that she killed her husband in California several years ago, Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley said. The children informed police.

The woman apparently put the body in a freezer and shipped it from California to Massachusetts several years ago, Coakley said.

“It’s very bizarre,” Coakley said Thursday.

The slaying may have taken place up to 14 years ago, because that was when the woman apparently began telling her children that their father had been killed in a car accident, Coakley said.

Police went to the Planet Self Storage facility in Somerville on Thursday and found the remains inside a freezer that was locked and sealed with duct tape, the district attorney said. There was an odor coming from the freezer, she said.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and approximate time of death.

No names have been released. The woman was in her 50s and died in the past few weeks.

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